The act of smelling something, anything, is remarkably like the act of thinking. Immediately at the moment of perception, you can feel the mind going to work, sending the odor around from place to place, setting off complex repertories through the brain, polling one center after another for signs of recognition, for old memories and old connection.
Who will tell whether one happy moment of love or the joy of breathing or walking on a bright morning and smelling the fresh air, is not worth all the suffering and effort which life implies.
''Incense (from Latin: incendere, "to burn") is composed of aromatic biotic materials, which release fragrant smoke when burned. The term "incense" refers to the substance itself, rather than to the odor that it produces.
It is used in religious ceremonies, ritual purification, aromatherapy, meditation, for creating a mood, and for masking bad odors.
The use of incense may have originated in Ancient Egypt, where the gum resins and oleo gum resins of aromatic trees were imported from the Arabian and Somali coasts to be used in religious ceremonies.''
Another interesting fact of incense is that when the tomb of Tutankhamun was found, they made an amazing discovery. In the Valley of the Kings at Thebes, archeologists found huge quantities of oils, perfumes, and incense around his mummified body.
Incense has appeared in many forms: raw woods, chopped herbs, pastes, powders, and even liquids or oils. And its basics are really quite simple. It is a combination of aromatic elements and a heat source.
Today we can see many uses of incense and in many forms like joss sticks, incense cones, powder and so on. It can be divided into two main types: indirect burning incense and direct burning incense.
Indirect burning incense or non-combustible incense is not capable of burning on its own and requires separate heat source. While direct burning incense or combustible incense is lit directly by a flame and then fanned or blown out, leaving a glowing ember that smoulders and releases fragrance.
The most common example of it is incense sticks. When I was child, I remember my mother burning incense in the evening and it was a combination of Frakincense and myrrh. That created a very clean and calm atmosphere in our home.